Monthly Archives: June 2013

Hump Day!

It’s hump day! Do you know where your camel is?
Camel

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Concussed

I fell hard-core off the being healthy bandwagon. When I fell off I got a concussion, so I’ve been recovering. Don’t get me wrong – I really want to be healthy and skinny and fit. But why does it have to be so much…work?

I ran on Thursday. And then convinced my KISA that I needed a rest day Friday. Saturday I was just tired. Sunday I just didn’t want to. Monday it was raining. Today? I was tired and it was raining. But, then I remembered that I paid $200 to run a marathon (in the city, and possibly streets, I run in every day for free). Ugh. Why do I get 30 seconds of thinking something is a good idea and then whip out the credit card? I really need to do that whole freezing the card in the freezer so that I really have to think about things before I use it on anything healthy. And require myself in the time in melts to run laps around the block. By the time it thaws if I think I want to pay money to be healthy, then I can use it. If not, I can just go shopping. Preferably at an outlet mall.

Today I did a 5 mile run. Back in the day that wouldn’t have been a big deal. But, being 30 and unfit it was a big deal. Now my legs ache. Oh, and I ate healthy today. I even ate a salad and decided to forgo chocolate. That should make up for me not exercising or eating healthy for the rest of the week, right?

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You can’t tell in the picture, but I’m soaked. As in, clothes sticking to me, hating life soaked.

Yipes! Stripes!

As you’ve probably been noticing, I’ve been sucking at using inspiration for my outfits. I promise I’ll get ahead of the game and pick out some outfits to prepare for the week. Maybe next week…

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Shirt: J. Crew Factory (this season); Belt: H&M (this season); Jeans: Levi’s; Shoes: Lands End Canvas

Chili-Glazed Pork With Sweet Potato Hash

I was really excited last night when I made dinner and announced to my KISA that sweet potatoes are my favorite vegetable. He decided to stomp all over that excitement over vegetable love by telling me sweet potatoes are a starch, not a vegetable.

This was my recipe inspiration. I decided that two sweet potatoes and two shallots were too much, so I only did half that. Oh, and I didn’t peel it. Who has time to peel a sweet potato? And, I definitely didn’t grate the sweet potato. Ever tried to do that? It’s not easy. Even my KISA with his big muscles thinks it’s a pain. No thank you. I just sliced them and then chopped them. I like things easy. I just wish I would have done it all as prep work ahead of time to make the cooking more seamless. Here’s how I’d change it.

Ingredients

  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 1⁄4 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 1 5-ounce package baby spinach, chopped

Directions

  1. Cut the sweet potato into small pieces and then dice it in the chopper.
  2. Turn on the broiler. Place the pork on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Mix together 1 teaspoon of the oil, the chili powder, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper and rub on the pork. Broil, turning occasionally and basting with the maple syrup twice, until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Or, if you do them in smaller pieces, it may only need 8-10 minutes to cook.
  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, 7 to 9 minutes more. Add the spinach and cook, tossing, until just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes more.
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I was so excited about how delicious dinner was that I almost forgot to take a picture for y’all.

Shower Serenades

I love my Knight in Shining Armor for a lot of reasons. This is one of them…

 

 

Bike Thieves

I watched my KISA fight off a bike thief tonight. I should have seen it coming with the way my day was going. See, I woke up this morning and forgot to put my work laptop in my backpack. I biked the two miles to the train station before realizing it, cursing, and heading back up the hill to the house to get it, and the running late for work.

On the train I was using my laptop and also responding to a couple of text messages on my phone. Apparently when I got off the train I decided that an iPhone was disposable and left it on the train. Thankfully Apple has a lost phone locator app and with the help of my KISA we were able to remotely set the phone alarm, which alerted someone who gave the phone to the conductor. There was a message on the phone that the conductor read with my KISA’s phone number. The conductor called my KISA and the conductor took it to the lost and found in San Francisco. I picked it up tonight when I got off work.

After I picked up my phone I headed to meet my KISA for happy hour with his coworkers. After a couple of drinks we went to the mall to look at some sunglasses for my KISA. Since I still had my bike (which is technically my KISA’s) we locked it up out front. He was leery about leaving it out there, but with all the foot traffic we figured it’d be fine. We were wrong. We walked out of the mall and found the cable cut and the bike gone. My KISA was angry to say the least. I was oddly calm, knowing we’d get it back. We live near one of the sketchiest areas of San Francisco, so we were bound to find it.

My KISA was so angry about the situation he went storming off. I started doing my detective work and was walking down Market St., towards the sketchier parts. He called my phone, wanting to find me. I told him where I was, but explained that I was on a mission to find the bike and that I’d meet him at home. As I turned the corner to head up our street (still about a half a mile away), my KISA came running up behind me. He wanted to know what my plan would be if I were to have found my bike. I told him I’d confront the robber, kick, scream, etc. (Maybe not the most thought out plan, but it was the principle behind it.) He said even he wouldn’t do that because odds are that guy would have cable cutters and would knock me over in one strike. As those words were escaping his mouth I see him looking at a man crossing the street with a bike and my KISA started running and yelling at him. Realizing what was going on and that it was our bike, I sprinted behind him. He went to the left of the guy and the bike, so I ran up on the right, making sure the guy wouldn’t be able to leave. I think the guy was so startled by what was going on that he literally gave the bike to my KISA. We walked away with his bike, turned the corner, and then laughed hysterically at what just went down.

With the way my day has gone I will not be leaving the house tonight.

TGIF!!

My outfit for today:

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Sweater: J. Crew Factory (this season); Top: J. Crew Factory (this season); Belt: H&M (this season); Jeans: Levi’s (this season); Shoes: Zara (this season)

Giants Game

Last night my KISA and I got to go to the Giants game with a bunch of my coworkers and their families. Granted neither of us like the Giants. Or the team they were playing. Or probably knew who won. But, hanging out in the suite with unlimited food and drinks was pretty nice.

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Necklace: China; Blazer: Loft (this season); Tank: Banana Republic Factory; Belt: J. Crew Factory; Jeans: Mango; Shoes: Lands End Canvas

Biking in Skirts II

I biked in a skirt again today. I thought it would be ok. And, I guess it kind of was. Except the whole getting on the bike and off the bike part. And, all the whistles I got as I rode through the Tenderloin were only young, attractive, well educated men, so it must mean I still looked classy, right? And, I didn’t take into consideration that most days when I return to the city it’s rather winding. And I bike into the wind. Which blew up my skirt. Oh, well. I’ll never see these people again. Or at least until the following day.

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Shirt: Banana Republic; Necklace: New York and Company; Skirt: Gap; Shoes: Lands End Canvas

Orange Plaid

One of my purchases from the J. Crew Factory Store was this awesome plaid shirt. I’d love to say I picked it out because I knew it would match my florescent orange pants. But, that was pure luck. It sure put a smile on my face Tuesday morning, though.

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Sweater: Banana Republic Factory; Shirt: J. Crew Factory (this season); Pants: Gap Factory (this season); Shoes: Lands End Canvas